German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) is welcomed by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang in Beijing, China. Photograph: Soeren Stache/EPA

Premier Li Keqiang met Angela Merkel for talks in the Great Hall of the People at the start of the German chancellor’s eighth visit to China, a trip t(...)

A woman looks at a Weibo advertisement  in Beijing. Over 3,300 accounts on the China-based social networking site have been shut down as part of a campaign called “Cleaning the Web 2014”.

Online companies in China are hiring young people of solid character to act as pornography watchdogs, weeding out morally suspect images of young wom(...)

Last week a well-known writer called Hao Qun, whose pen name is Murong Xuecun, had his Weibo accounts with the providers Sina, Tencent, Net-Ease, and Sohu deleted simultaneously. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In its latest effort to muzzle dissent and steer public opinion, the Chinese government has started to shut or freeze microblogs written by pro(...)

An airport staff member wearing a mask takes a passenger's temperature at Taoyuan International Airport, northern Taiwan, April 24, 2013. A 53-year-old Taiwan businessman has contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while travelling in China.

A new strain of bird flu that has killed 22 people in China was “one of the most lethal” flu viruses it had encountered and was more easily transmi(...)

A vendor waits for customers near chicken cages at a market in Fuyang city, in central China's Anhui province on Sunday.

Four more people in Jiangsu province in China were critically ill with a new form of bird flu yesterday, as cities along the e(...)

A chicken vendor at a market in Fuyang city, in central China’s Anhui province. Two Shanghai men have died from a lesser-known type of bird flu in the first known human deaths from the strain. Photograph: AP

Chinese health authorities have stepped up monitoring of avian flu after two men died in Shanghai from a strain of the virus that has not previousl(...)

There are no known vaccines against the H7N9 virus. Photograph: Reuters

Two people in Shanghai, one of China's largest cities, died this month after contracting a strain of avian influenza that had never been passed(...)

The Chinese Communist Party installed Li Keqiang as premier yesterday. The new second in command will be the public fac(...)